Traveling alone may seem daunting at first, but once you try it, solo traveling could easily become your preference for a getaway.
You’ll have no worries about what anyone else wants to do, and friendly locals are more likely to take you under their wing giving you a true cultural experience.
However, you do need to choose a safe destination with easy travel. Here are a few ideas for the best places for traveling alone.
In the not-so-distant past, Croatia was plagued by civil war. Today, this stunning Balkan nation graces the front of glossy travel magazines luring thousands of tourists each year, so you’re likely to find some international friends for life. The Dalmatian coast features azure waters, sunny beaches, and quiet coasts that create an Adriatic playground. Medieval towns like Dubrovnik and Zagreb ooze history, romance, and culture.
Take a hiking trek in the Krka National Park and discover the power of nature while looking for hidden gems like waterfalls in Croatia. Visit the city of Split for a delightful mix of ancient history and modern life. Get to know the locals with a visit to a family vineyard.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Sunny white-sand beaches, friendly locals, and luxury resorts are just a few of the things that make Grand Cayman perfect for solo travelers. Known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, it’s easy to get there by air travel, and you’ll find some great deals between March and June. And getting around on the island is a breeze using public buses or taxis.
Dozens of operators offer well-directed diving tours and snorkeling outings, or you can simply relax on picturesque Seven Mile Beach. Go hiking on the Mastic Trail to explore rare plant life and a native Mango Swamp.
Known as one of the world’s safest and friendliest countries, New Zealand is an excellent choice for first-time solo travelers. Outdoorsy types will love the breathtaking landscapes made famous in movies like the “Lord of the Rings” and a “Wrinkle in Time.”
Explore black sand beaches, national parks filled with fjords, and rare gems like the glowworm caves. Or use Queenstown as a base and rent a car to travel from city to city. Visit the vineyards in Gibbston Valley, and go shopping with views of Lake Wakatipu. For the adventurous types, Queenstown also offers bungee jumping and whitewater rafting.
The modern metropolis of Singapore has a safe public transportation system and well-lit streets for the solo traveler. The shopping and nightlife are exciting, and nature retreats for quiet respites are plentiful. Soak up culture by visiting walkable neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India or go shopping in the malls or Orchard Road’s boutiques.
Wander among the greenery at places like Punggol Waterway Park, the Gardens by the Bay, and Singapore Botanical Gardens. For accommodations, consider the Marina Bay Sands, an architectural gem with a rooftop that resembles a huge ship, or the Sanctuary Resort Sentosa near the bustling business and shopping districts.